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  • 21 days
    Duration
Explore the role of food in health. Apply nutrition science to guide you on using food as medicine for you and your family with this Food as Medicine from Monash University by FutureLearn.
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Overview

This course introduces the concept of food as medicine. You will explore how food can be important both in preventative health and as an aid in the management of certain chronic diseases today, in the past and in the future. 

You will also learn about what’s in food that gives it the potential to improve our health and how to recognise which types of foods are essential for health and wellbeing, and how food can play an important role in treating/preventing disease.

By the end of the Food as Medicine from Monash University by FutureLearn, you'll be able to:

  • Describe what is meant by the term ‘food as medicine’ and list a number of examples of how foods have been used as medicine in the past
  • Identify how and which types of foods are essential for health and wellbeing, and play an important role in treating/preventing disease
  • Identify current evidenced based, nutrition related public health guidelines and apply these to improve personal eating habits and nutritional intake
  • Identify foods/components of food that have an effect on different body systems, weight and appetite, fertility and pregnancy, and the genome

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

What topics will you cover?
  • History of food as medicine
  • Food and its role in prevention and treatment
  • Macronutrients, micronutrients, phytochemicals and antioxidants
  • Nutrition complexities and controversies, and the importance of evidence
  • Food and the gut
  • Food and the brain
  • Foods, fertility and pregnancy
  • Food and weight
  • Food and our genome
  • Public health nutrition guidelines

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • This course will have broad general interest appeal to everyone interested in food, nutrition and health. 
  • But it will be of particular interest to healthcare professionals who are looking to have more evidenced-based information, to assist them in providing food-based recommendations to their patients.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 USD per year and a duration of 21 days.
  • National

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 USD per year and a duration of 21 days.
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It's free to join and study this course, you have the option to upgrade  and receive a digital and printed certificate for $79. Additional benefits can be reached via the Unlimited FutureLearn product. 

Funding

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